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|Waytha is ‘one and only’ Hindraf leader|
|Athi Shankar | Aug 31, 09 3:23pm|
|P Uthayakumar said last night that he and the four other Internal Security Act detainees from the Hindu Right Action Force were never the movement’s leaders.
Speaking at his book launching function in Simpang Ampat, Penang, he stressed that his London-based younger brother Waythamoorthy was the movement’s one and only leader.
“Even I am just the movement’s legal advisor,” he told some 300 people.
He recalled that inspector-general of police Musa Hassan was first to address the five as Hindraf leaders on the very day they were detained on Dec 13, 2007.
“We were all IGP-appointed Hindraf leaders,” quipped Uthayakumar.
He said that one shall either be elected or appointed by the movement members to claim oneself as leader.
“Waythamoorthy was duly elected by Hindraf committee a few years ago to head the movement. He is the rightful leader, not any other person,” said Uthayakumar, who heads the newly-formed Human Rights Party.
Uthayakumar was detained under ISA along with Kota Alam Shah state representative M Manoharan, DAP member V Ganabatirau, R Kengadharan and then unknown T Vasanthakumar.
They were detained without trial under the security law following a mammoth Hindraf rally in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 25, 2007.
“I, Manoharan, Kengadharan and Ganabatirau were Hindraf lawyers while Vasanthakumar was just a Hindraf activist,” said Uthayakumar.
They were all released from the Kamunting detention camp by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak three months ago.
Since then all five have gone separate ways.
Brothers accused of misappropriating funds
Ganabatirau and Vasanthakumar have constantly been sniping at Uthayakumar and Waythamoorthy, claiming that both brothers have misappropriated Hindraf funds.
While in detention last year, Vasanthakumar had lodged a police report accusing the two brothers of misappropriating some RM700,000 of Hindraf funds.
Uthayakumar explained that he had then specifically told the police officer investigating Vasanthakumar’s report that Hindraf had only RM250,000 in its accounts as of January 2008.
He said subsequently he had lodged a report calling on the police to investigate the whereabouts of the remaining RM450,000, as alleged by Vasanthakumar.
“I told the police to locate the money and return it to Hindraf. The police never came back to me on that,” said Uthayakumar, the most famous Hindraf face.
He stressed that the current attacks by certain Hindraf detractors against him and Waythamoorthy were made with malicious intention aimed at tarnishing the brothers’ reputation and undermining their struggle.
“It’s defamatory and ‘mala fide’,” he said, slamming the critics that they should instead focus on resolving the plight of the Indian Malaysians.
Uthayakumar said he had listed down 4,932 types of human rights violations committed against the Indian community all these years in Malaysia. But he lamented these violations appeared unimportant to his critics.
According to Uthayakumar, before Dec 13, 2007, the current Hindraf critics were attacking Umno and Barisan Nasional for marginalising Indians.
But now, he said some have switched their focus to attacking him, Waythamoorthy and Hindraf with the sole agenda of splitting the movement and confused the community.
The reason turns of event on Friday, August 28, 2009 in front of the
State secretariat building in Selangor with an intention to incite and
create racial hatred feelings between Hindus and Muslims in Malaysia had
got the whole nation riled up against the Federal government led by
UMNO and the ineffectiveness of the police force to curb such
HINDRAF calls upon all peace loving Malaysians irrespective of their
religion, race, color and creed to join us in a candle light vigil at
Dataran Merdeka on September 5, 2009 at 6.45pm in solidarity to uphold
the concept that all Malaysians are equal with one another for their
individual right to coexist without infringing and inciting racial
hatred amongst us and create a greater sense of public insecurity.
HINDRAF welcomes all NGO’s and Malaysians from all walk to participate
and make our stand that we Malaysians cannot be cowed by fear and
intimidation orchestrated by the UMNO led government and its stooges
for their own political needs.
HINDRAF stresses that Malaysia is for all Malaysians in equality and
fairness in protecting one another for the public benefit rather than
being marauded by UMNO led Federal government against public interest
as seen in the latest incident in Seksyen 23 in Shah Alam.
Those organizations that are interested to collabarate and walk with
us, please call Selvan on 016-3137840 after 6pm. To our Muslim brothers
and sisters fasting during this period please call Shanti on 019-621 1101 for
HINDRAF – Chairman
|Hindraf files report, urges cops to act fast|
|Rahmah Ghazali | Aug 30, 09 6:37pm|
|The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) has filed a police report on the controversial ‘cow head’ protest and urged the police to act swiftly.
Hindraf coordinator K Selvam told Malaysiakini said he lodged the report at the Shah Alam district police headquarters. He was accompanied by another 16 leaders and supporters from the movement.
“We wonder as to why the police have yet to take any action against the protesters although they have promised to act swiftly. Until today, nothing has been done,” he said.
According to Selvam, the act of marching with the cow’s head could create racial tension. “They marched about 300 metres with the head….it was seditious and the police did not do anything (to stop them),” he said.
PM cannot be quiet
The protest drew flak from various quarters, including politicians from Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat
Selvam said the movement will stage a candlelight vigil on Saturday at Dataran Merdeka if the police fail to act against the protesters.
“We are urging the police to take action and the government should do something about it.
“The prime minister (Najib Abdul Razak) cannot just sit quiet on this matter because he keeps promoting the concept of 1Malaysia and this is a multiracial country,” he said.
Earlier today, Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told Malaysiakinit that a special team has been set up to probe the matter and they hope to wrap up investigations by Tuesday.
The case is being investigated under the Sedition Act.
Press Statement – UMNO stirring the racial pot in Seksyen 23 – Shah Alam
HINDRAF condemns the latest incident involving the act of placing a severed
cow’s head outside the gates of the state secretariat building in
HINDRAF believes UMNO and their cohorts in the Royal Police Force (PDRM) organized this act that is inflammatory with an intention to incite and create racial
hatred and feelings between the Muslims and Hindus.
These perpetrators were able to walk over 300 metres in open public
and conduct their seditious speeches calling openly for bloodshed, and
racial chaos without any interference from the police force. So far
nothing has been done by the PDRM or the AG’s department other than
issuing lip service statements.
Selangor Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar states “If a report is lodged,
we will definitely take the necessary action,”. Here we
are talking about an outright and outrageous act in fanning racial
hatred that could threaten the public security and he claims he needs
a police report before an action can be taken.
The police had on many previous occasions brutally arrested and questioned peaceful protesters without any reasons for fear of public security, but they would need a report
before they can take any action for those inciting violence and parading in the public with a severed cow’s head to undermine the sensitivity of the Hindus. This is absurd
Who else could practice such double standard other the UMNO led
government and its stooges and that is why HINDRAF believes that this
is the work of the UMNO government to create unrest in Selangor.
There is no distinction between a muslim dominated area and non muslim
dominated area as Malaysia is one multiracial and multicultural
society living together side by side in co-existence in respect of each other’s race,
religious practice and beliefs.
Instead of promoting harmony amongst Malaysians, UMNO is fast becoming
the public threat by protecting such devious and extremist acts.
UMNO should curtail such irresponsible acts rather than seeding and
sowing hatred, bullying extremist elements and fascist mindset amongst
the fanatical Muslims for their own political survival.
PM Najib has to immediately issue a statement and make a firm stand on
the subject and not delegate this paramount duty to his “mandores” and
eventually hoping for the whole issue to be swept under the
If the AG’s department fails to charge these perpetrators, HINDRAF
would proceed to formally lodge complaints with the UN Human Rights
Council, European Parliament, UK Foreign affairs select committee and
the Global Human Rights Defence based in The Hague.
In solidarity for a harmonious Malaysia Hindraf calls upon all peaceful citizens who respect and cherish Religious Freedom and the right to co-exist to join us on a peaceful candle vigil at Dataran Merdeka on 5th September 2009 at 6.45pm
P. Waytha Moorthy
|‘Cow head’ demo makes it around the world|
|Aug 29, 09 3:52pm|
|The Shah Alam demonstration against the construction of a Hindu temple – complete with a severed cow’s head – wrapped up a month of negative international news reports over the state of religious tolerance in Malaysia.
Earlier this month, the international press focused on the caning sentence imposed by a Pahang Syariah Court on part-time model Kartika Seri Dewi Shukarno’s for consuming beer.
This was followed by news of the government’s decision to restrict Muslims from attending the concert of international pop sensation Black Eye Peas, because it was sponsored by an alcohol company.
Unsavory terms used to describe incident
Now, international news organisations have focused on the temple row, in which protest organisers were said to have threatened bloodshed if the temple was built.
“Malaysia Muslims protest proposed Hindu temple,” read the headlines of the Associated Press report.
“Racial tensions have risen in recent years amid complaints by the minorities that their rights are being eroded along with the rising influence of Islamic hard-liners,” the report said.
The wire report also notes that the protest occurred just three days before Malaysia celebrates its 52nd independence day and amid a new campaign by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to promote national integration through the 1Malaysia concept.
India’s news portal dnaindia.com also reported the incident in unsavory terms.
Some 50 protestors marched from the state mosque to the nearby Selangor government headquarters condemning the relocation of a temple to the Section 23 vicinity.
The protestors condemned the move, ordered by the state government, because the Section 23 area was a Muslim-majority neighbourhood.
|Temple demo: Residents march with cow’s head|
|Andrew Ong | Aug 28, 09 3:52pm|
|Some 50 residents enraged with the proposed relocation of a Hindu temple to their area staged a noisy protest with a severed cow’s head this afternoon.
The residents – from Section 23 in Shah Alam – who gathered after the Friday prayers, placed the head outside the gates of the state secretariat building for a short period before removing it.
“Where is Xavier? This head is for him,” shouted one of the protesters in reference to Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jeyakumar.
Jeyakumar is one of those in charge of non-Muslim affairs in the state.
Earlier, the protesters had marched some 300m from the state mosque to the state secretariat building.
The protesters also condemned Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, exco member Rodziah Ismail (as the area falls under her state constituency) and Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad.
Addressing the crowd, Section 23 action committee deputy chair Ibrahim Sabri said: “If there is blood, you (the state government) will be responsible if you are adamant about building the temple.”
“This is a warning. Relocate the temple to Section 22. This cow is a present to the state government. This is a gift from us,” he added.
The protesters also carried several banners which among others read ‘Take Beer’ (mocking PAS’ rallying cry of ‘Takbir’) and ‘Illegal temples are very small, but once relocated, they are as big as Putrajaya’.
The crowd gathered for about 15 minutes at the main entrance of the state secretariat building under the watch of more than a dozen police personnel.
‘We’ll not budge an inch’
Speaking to reporters later, Action Committee chair Mahyuddin Manaf warned that the state government must give in or the residents would retaliate.
“We will not budge one inch, even if lives are lost or blood is made to flow. We will still defend Section 23 from having a temple built there,” he said.
He added that a protest memorandum was forwarded to the state government two months ago but there has been no response.
Contacted later, Mahyuddin distanced his organisation from the act of bringing the cow head to the protest.
“It is not our intention. We were surprised,” he said, denying that the act was intended to insult Hindus.
He said that the cow head was likely brought by angry residents.
“Maybe, they meant it (as a symbol of) stupidity. In Malay culture, the cow is a symbol of stupidity, or leaders that are stupid,” he said.
The temple will face an industrial lot and will be separated from the houses by a playground and a multi-purpose hall.
However, some residents felt that it was not appropriate to build a temple in a Muslim-majority area.
The Pakatan Rakyat state government accused rivals Umno of instigating the crowd to protest the relocation.
Jeyakumar to lodge police report
In an immediate reaction, a furious Jeyakumar described the protest as “unwarranted, unacceptable and without sensitivity towards other religions.”
He also said that he will lodge a police report on the matter soon.
“These people should have ethics. They are inciting racial and religious hatred. I am going to lodge a police report against these people,” he told Malaysiakini.
He also expressed disappointment towards the police personnel at the scene for not taking any action against the protesters.
“The police didn’t stop anybody. The police should have arrested them and charged them for inciting hatred,” he said, adding that he could tolerate with “ethical” demonstrations.
Jeyakumar is slated to meet Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar and other police officers over the matter tomorrow.
Statement by P.Uthayakumar to the Malaysian Government: No death ceremony hall for Hindus in the multi million ringgit Sultan Ismail General Hospital, Johor Bahru (Malaysia Nanban 28/8/09 at page 18). Despite newsreports and complaints from the people of Johor Bahru some six months ago, as usual zero action has been taken by the UMNO controlled Malaysian government. The Indians now are forced to use a small building outside the hospital compound to bathe, clothe decorate and conduct religions ceremonies and the funeral. Why this racial and religious segregation under Prime Minister Najib Razak’s One Malaysia? This kind of segregation has long ceased in the world the last being in South Africa when apartheid had ended since 1989)
Statement by P.Uthayakumar to the Malaysian Government: Hindraf’s 18 points demands submitted to Prime Minister Najib Razak at his Putrajaya office on the occasion of the Prime Minister’s 100 days in office. None of these 18 points demands dated 12/8/07 have been fulfilled by the UMNO controlled Malaysian government. Hindraf has also asked for a meeting with the Prime Minister on this inaction.